Encourage creative thinking, problem-solving, and fine motor skills with this Tree Painting for Kids. Don’t forget to add it to your next nature preschool theme.
For the month of July, we’re going on an EcoVenture and this week, it’s all about Trees. Our topics for the week include Climbing Trees, Building with Trees, Painting Trees, Counting in Trees, and Writing with Trees. Today’s creative art was this quick and easy Tree Painting for Kids process art.
Some leaves on trees can change colors during the fall season. The branches on trees can be used as art tools for painting or stamping.
We’ve done several different variations of tree painting and today’s tree painting process art was definitely one of our favorites. What could be more fun than painting with sticks, pinecones, and even leaves under a beautiful maple tree in our backyard?
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Tree painting is a quick and easy activity to wow your little learners! Not to mention it’s a wonderful way to encourage communication skills and sensory exploration as your preschoolers describe the different parts of a tree.
What you’ll need
- Paper Plates
- Nature Items
Here’s how to do it
Invite the child to use the nature items as painting tools. Help him or her press them for prints, or dip them and use them as brushes. What else does he or she do with them?
For this activity, I set out a tray containing a stick and a pinecone along with white cardstock and of course paint. This month’s thematic study is perfect for Summer. It’s a nature study in a box and both the little guy and baby girl are definitely loving it!
Tree painting is an engaging and hands-on way to encourage creative thinking and problem-solving skills. Your little learners will have the opportunity to explore all the different ways they can paint with trees.
The little guy and baby girl even found some nature items of their own to paint with. They worked together to collect “helicopters” to use as paintbrushes. I thought that was such a creative idea!
If you have some extra time, another quick and easy tree art activity for preschoolers is making bark rubbings. Just grab a few crayons and some lightweight paper to get started. Making bark rubbings is another great way to explore unique textures in nature.
Preschool Tree Activities
Here at The Keeper of the Memories, we’re always adding fun preschool tree activities. Keep reading for a list of some of our favorites that would be absolutely perfect for your next preschool tree theme.
- Learn about Kandinsky with this Preschool Tree Art.
- This Tree Ring Model Literacy Activity for Little Kids is a wonderful, hands-on way to demonstrate how to tell the age of a tree.
- Paint a gorgeous treeline with this Tree Painting for Kids.
- This Weaving Roots Preschool Investigation Station is perfect for practicing important fine motor skills with your little learners.
- Make a fun cherry tree with this Summer Process Art.
Don’t forget to check back if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to next week with our EcoVenture theme from Experience Preschool!